Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
(2001)









Rated: PG
Runtime: 1 Hour and 32 Minutes


Reviewer: Dale
Grade: B-

I've never really heard anyone else say this, but I love Paul Hogan. Seriously, there's just something about this guy. He's got a certain unique charm that no one else seems to possess. I loved the first two "Crocodile Dundee" films. I even liked "Almost an Angel" and "Lightning Jack", both of which were better than anyone else seems to give them credit for. So, of course, I could not resist renting "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles".

"Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" may not be a great film. It may be the worst of the three Croc adventures, but it was not as bad as I had once feared. It's fun. It's charming. And it has Paul Hogan returning, once more, wearing the black hat studded with the crocodile teeth.
The plot, such as it is, involves "Crocodile" Dundee moving with his common law wife (Linda Kozlovski, the real Mrs. Crocodile Dundee) to Los Angeles after her father calls on her to take charge of the Los Angeles branch of his newspaper. Once they arrive, Croc once again tries to adjust to city living (and the differences between New York, which he sort of adjusted to, and Los Angeles). Meanwhile, Sue follows up a story that got her predecessor killed. It soon becomes apparent that there are nefarious doings afoot and, as with the second film in the series, Croc has to step up and kick a bit of ass.

Sure, the whole film seems sort of pointless. So, he's in L.A. this time. Wow. Big whoop. There are many scenes that just don't seem to have much of a purpose. Such as the cameo of Mike Tyson. I mean, Mike Tyson? But Paul still has that gleam in his eye. He has a scraggly, rustic charm that makes the whole enterprise a surprising amount of fun. No one may care about him anymore, but he's still got it for anyone who cares to watch. Plus, it's just fun to see him on the prowl again, after all these years. It may not be the freshest of films, but there's a decent amount of entertainment value and more than a little nostalgia at work. It's fun to see him outwit city bandits and tame lions and crocs. It's fun to see his little boy astonishing kids in his class with tricks he learned in the Outback. And it's fun to see Mick and his friend Jacko have a night out in LA, encountering drive-by muggers and gay bars and enjoying a fine dining experience in the Wendy's drive-thru.

Hell, if people can fall in love with "Episode One" just because it's a new Star Wars movie, I can smile and appreciate a new "Crocodile Dundee" movie for the same reasons. I grew up with "Star Wars", sure. But I also grew up with Mick Dundee and it's pleasant to have him back again. Just get a bit better script next time, okay mate?